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RN to BSN Curriculum

Nursing students in class

RN to BSN Curriculum

Moravian University offers a program for registered nurses who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with a major in nursing. 

Baccalaureate-level nursing education provides the foundation for graduate nursing studies and for academic and clinical specialization.

A Moravian University baccalaureate degree requires 32 course units (128 credits) of study. The course units are grouped into general education courses, nursing major core courses, cognate courses, RN licensure, and general elective courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited diploma or associate’s degree program in nursing
  • Fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model (1993) for licensure and practice
  • Completion of all nursing program prerequisite courses with grades of not less than C (not C–)

Cognate Courses

  • PSYC 207 - Lifespan Development
  • MATH 107 - Elementary Statistics
  • CHEM 108 - Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • BIOL 205 - Pathophysiology
  • BIOL 235 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Length of Program

The overall length of the program depends upon coursework previously completed. Most students enroll in eight general education/support courses plus the six nursing courses. Some well-prepared students may take as few as eight course units to meet the degree requirements. To determine transfer of prior coursework, each three-credit course equals 0.75 units and each four-credit course equals one course unit.

Core Courses (1 unit each)

Nursing Elective (one course)

General Elective Courses

General elective courses round out your education. You may take additional nursing courses to fulfill some of the remaining 4 units of general electives required for the baccalaureate degree.

General Education Curriculum

The Learning in Common (LinC) general education curriculum of 11 units, required of all bachelor's degree-seeking students, will help you to master the skills needed to understand and compete in the economic and cultural climate of the 21st century. Inform your advisor if you have prior college credits that may transfer to Moravian. A summary of requirements is as follows for all students in the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs. Note: Choose 6 of 8 from among the M and U courses, of which must include at least one U course. 

Foundation Courses

  • F1 Writing
  • F2 Quantitative Reasoning
  • F3 Foreign Language (0-2 terms required)
  • F4 Laboratory Science

Multidisciplinary Studies Courses 

  • M1 Historical Studies
  • M2 Literature
  • M3 Ultimate Questions
  • M4 Economic, Social, and Political Systems
  • M5 Cultural Values and Global Issues
  • M6 Aesthetic Expression

Upper Division Courses

  • U1 Social Impact of Science
  • U1 The Moral Life

Graduation Requirements

  • Thirty-two course units must be completed with an overall Quality Point Average (QPA) of not less than 2.00.
  • At least eight course units must be completed at Moravian University.
  • Up to 18 course units, in total, may be accepted for transfer credit. Of these, 16 course units may come from two-year colleges.
  • All six nursing courses must be completed at Moravian University with a grade of C or better.